Coastal Modern: Style Breakdown

Coastal Modern: Style Breakdown

Last week I brought you the Coastal Eclectic Style, this week, we’re going sleek and sophisticated with Coastal Modern.

A quick review: The major sub-types I use in my Coastal Style Quiz are: Coastal Cottage, Coastal Farmhouse, Coastal Eclectic, Coastal Loft, Coastal Modern, and Coastal Glam. A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on the fundamentals of Coastal Style, but in this series of style type breakdowns we will really dig into the specifics of each type.

Don’t forget to follow the Pinterest board for great ideas on how to create the style!

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What is Coastal Modern?

Coastal Modern includes sleek and sophisticated furnishings and accessories, although it is a minimally decorated style. If you like stores like Natuzzi and Scan Design, then you will be drawn to the Coastal Modern look. The color palette will be light neutrals there may be subtle coastal colors within the design. Though the style is minimalist, coastal elements are brought in through the art and the objet d’art. This style takes inspiration from all variants of modernism, mid-century modern, post-modern, and Italian modern design styles. Think Miami Beach and Malibu. If you loved Renata’s house in “Big Little Lies” then Coastal Modern is definitely your style.

Formal, Modern, and contemporary

Coastal Modern is the most formal look. In fact, it is formality that separates Coastal Modern and Coastal Loft because both are more contemporary styles with modern elements. The are zero traditional elements in Coastal Modern. Case goods in this style are sleek modern, mid-century modern, and international modern. Lighting fixtures will be more utilitarian or artsy in their appearance with a lot of metal and glass. You will not find a lot of pattern in the textiles of this style, but you will find variations in texture and color to add interest.

This sleek, modern bedroom adds art and a bold color scheme to communicate the coastal theme, while maintaining an overall minimalist approach.

Coastal Modern Elements

Typical elements of the modern look can be seen in the board below. They include: sleek surfaces, such as lacquer and highly polished woods, highly polished metals, rectilinear lines with some curvilinear accents, abstract and original art pieces, and natural fibers like linen, sisal, jute, and leather/faux leather. With this style you will see coastal elements come through in the art, accessories, and textures. You can see the elements pulled together in the board below.* You can also get some great ideas on my Coastal Modern Pinterest board.

Coastal Modern

1. Ellen Coffee Table by Currey & Company | 2. Aventura Sofa by Interlude Home | 3. Artemis Occasional Chair by Nuevo | 4. Marble Navy with Linen Flange by Lacefield | 5. Riptide Mystic Blue by Lacefield | 6. Modern Classics by Surya | 8. Canaan Lamp by Robert Abbey | 9. Lifesaver Bubble Glass by Phillips Collection | 10. Cora Sculpture by Cyan Design | 11. Gillian Console Table by Bassett Mirror | 12. Ipanema Chandelier by Robert Abbey | 13. Tides Edge Art by Uttermost

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Next Week: Coastal GLAM!

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